MLS & Associations

San Diego Realtor associations sue to dissolve their own MLS

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A power struggle between Realtor associations may be the beginning of the end for one of the nation's largest MLSs. Two of the three associations that own San Diego-based Sandicor Inc. have filed a lawsuit asking the court to order the dissolution of the regional MLS in order to, they say, protect their rights and interests in the MLS's data. Two of three associations file suit Sandicor has 19,500 agent and broker members. Some 7,000 of those members belong to the two associations that have filed suit: the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), and the North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR). Sandicor's third and largest shareholder is the San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR), which has more than 12,000 members. Earlier this year, SDAR filed a federal lawsuit against Sandicor and its fellow shareholder associations, alleging NSDCAR and PSAR denied SDAR access to its own MLS data for its own website (called "Just Knock"); used Sandicor to com...